Congratulations, Jay Sexton!

2018 SHAFR Awards Luncheon at the American Historical Association

From a crowded field of remarkable nominees, the Stuart L. Bernath Memorial Lecture Prize committee (Brian DeLay, Carol Chin, and Ara Keys) has chosen Professor Jay Sexton to deliver the 2019 Lecture.  He earned his Ph.D. at Oxford and then served on the faculty before becoming the Kinder Institute Chair at the University of Missouri in 2016.  One of the profession’s most prolific and distinguished young historians of 19th-century American foreign relations, Sexton has authored twenty articles and book chapters, edited two collections (with two more in the works), and is about to publish his third monograph.  His important books on the foreign financing of the Civil War and on the Monroe Doctrine both powerfully reinterpret venerable topics, and his broader body of scholarship exemplifies the range, ambition, and quality of work that the Bernath Lecture Prize was meant to honor.  The Stuart L. Bernath Lecture Prize was established through the generosity of Dr. Gerald J. and Myrna F. Bernath, in memory of their late son to recognize and encourage excellence in teaching and research in the field